Michael Novak was born in Los Angeles, and lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2007—officially placing him in the category of “person most despised by native-born Portlanders.” Over a 20-year career, he’s been an editorial Art Director at Time Warner and Portland Monthly, as well as an illustrator, designer, animator, and storyboard artist. 

The highlight of Mike’s brief animation career was a year-long stint as a character layout animator on the Fox show King of The Hill, before he decided that drawing Hank Hill all day long was pretty damn boring. After the act of sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring put the kibosh on his freelance illustration career, he discovered design, which he loves.

His duties at Portland Monthly consist of making the magazine look and read awesomely, by designing covers, features, and pretty much anything else. In his free time he likes to sleep.

Seafood Guide 2019: Catch It!

3 Easy Ways to Catch Your Own Oregon Seafood

From kid-friendly trout farms to hassle-free crabbing, here’s how to dip your toes into fishing.

07/24/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Seafood Guide 2019: Restaurants

A Diner’s Guide to Oregon Seafood

These are our favorite seafood restaurants right now.

07/24/2019 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, and Benjamin Tepler

Seafood Guide 2019: Fishmongers

Our 5 Go-To Portland Seafood Markets

From tiny, traceability-obsessed counters to our city's Costco of fish, here’s where to source your seafood.

07/24/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Summer Beer: The Picks

The 25 Best Beers to Drink This Summer

We asked five Portland brewers, cicerones, and other insiders to choose the 25 best summer beers.

06/25/2019 By Holly Amlin, Lucy Burningham, Whitney Burnside, Natasha Godard, and Lee Hedgmon Photography by Michael Novak and Brian Breneman

Summer Beer: Design

Can You Judge a Beer By Its Label?

Portland Monthly's deputy art director says yes, you can.

06/25/2019 By Brian Breneman

Savor

How to Make Mama Bird’s Beautifully Brined Grilled Chicken

A new, healthy-ish eatery in Northwest Portland promises grilled thrills, plain and simple.

06/25/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Sweet Spot

Is Portland the Vegan Ice Cream Capital of America?

Portland makes a serious case for #1.

06/25/2019 By Karen Brooks

True Crime

A Beloved Culinary Instructor Was Murdered. What Happened Next Was Stranger Than Fiction.

The plot seemed pulled straight from a bad romance novel, but friends and family are left wondering: why did Dan Brophy die?

05/31/2019 By Ciara O'Rourke

Profile

La’s Celebrates Hmong Food Culture One Sausage at a Time

The Northwest’s only Hmong soul food cart hides behind a Little Caesars in Aloha.

05/28/2019 By Natasha Tandler

Free Wheeling: Rides

3 Can’t-Miss Portland Bike Rides

From mellow riverside cruises to gravel grinds, here are some of the best routes the area has to offer.

05/28/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Best Breakfasts 2019

Biscuits and Gravy Is Portland’s Signature Dish. Fight Me.

The dish may have Southern roots, but biscuits and gravy is as ubiquitous in Portland as microbrews and passive aggression. And we have the history to back it up.

04/23/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson

History

Did You Know Portland Invented the Ice Cream Cone Machine?

The city of Salt & Straw has always had the hots for cool confections.

04/23/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson

Gift Guide

From Hot Sauce to CBD Lotion, 5 Gifts for Mom That Aren't Macaroni Art

Forget the earrings and perfume. Here's what Portland moms really need.

04/22/2019 By Portland Monthly Staff

Insider’s Guide 2019: Tourism

Portland’s Cultural Liaison to Japan Shows Us Her Local Itinerary

Sakiko Setaka gives Japanese visitors a “local experience” of our city. Here's her hit list.

03/26/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Insider’s Guide 2019: Nightlife

Expatriate's Kyle Linden Webster Reveals the Places You Should Be Drinking at Right Now

Expatriate’s cocktail slinging king and house DJ Kyle Linden Webster talks wine bars and record troves.

03/26/2019 By Fiona McCann

Fix-It Guide: Décor

Give a Drab Room New Life with a Lively Wallpaper Mural

It's all about the patterns, people.

03/26/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Spring Road Trips: Snack Packer

Pack the Ultimate Picnic Basket for Your Next Road Trip

From smoked oysters to Alpine cheese, toss these delicious fixings in the trunk.

02/26/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Pour

Classic Basque Cider Comes to the Columbia River Gorge

Cascade Locks cidery Son of Man makes a wild-fermented quaff that's funky and salty.

02/26/2019 By Ramona DeNies

Recipes

Texas Pecan Sheet Cake Gets a Cannabis Kick

What does Oregon’s top cannabis chocolatier eat in her downtime? Fancy weed brownies, basically.

02/26/2019 By Benjamin Tepler